A celebration to acknowledge the profound impact of an individual in the healthcare industry.

About the Event

This year’s event, held on Tuesday, November 15, 2022, will be hosted along the shore of Lake Michigan at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. During the evening you will be connected with more than 250 event attendees from the healthcare ecosystem, all equally committed to advancing the mission of NCHL and honoring the profound impact of the 2022 awardee who has made significant and lasting leadership contributions to the health and healthcare field.

2022 Award Winner

EUGENE A. WOODS, M.B.A., M.H.A., FACHE, president and chief executive officer of Atrium Health, has been named NCHL’s 2022 Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award recipient.

 Woods is president and chief executive officer of Atrium Health, one of the largest non-profit and leading academic health systems in the United States, with over 70,000 teammates serving patients at 40 hospitals and more than 1,400 care locations across five states: North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Alabama. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Atrium Health provides care under the Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist name in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, as well as Atrium Health Navicent and Atrium Health Floyd in Georgia and Alabama. Atrium Health recently announced a strategic combination with Advocate Aurora Health in Illinois and Wisconsin, and once approved by the FTC, Woods will become the chief executive officer of the combined entity after 18 months. 

Attend and Sponsor

Sponsorship opportunities are now available! Reserve your spot today. With an abundance of personalized options, sponsorship levels will range from $3,500 – $40,000. Sponsorship of this event includes reserved seating, visibility through one-of-a-kind brand activation opportunities, reception networking, and shared celebration. 

We expect many exclusive opportunities to sell out, so you are encouraged to sponsor early. For more information, please contact Meghan Nousaine at mnousaine@nchl.org

Hotel Room Block Reservations

As of 9/6/2022, the NCHL secured room block at the Westin Chicago River North is full. There are still market rate rooms available at this location. Please visit their primary website to book a room. Alternatively, guests may call to make reservations through the Central Reservations Department at (888) 627-8359.  In addition, NCHL has prepared a resource of comparable accommodations within a 10-15 minute drive of the event’s venue. 


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Event Registration

Registration for the 2022 Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award Celebration is now closed. If you have any questions about this, please contact info@nchl.org.  

Evening's Program

The event is scheduled to begin at 6:00 PM with guest check-in opening at 5:45 PM. Seating for dinner will begin around 7:00 PM. 

Requested Attire

Cocktail attire is requested. 

Arrival & Extremely Limited Parking

We highly encourage all guests to utilize a ride share to this event. Close parking is extremely limited and available only when accessible accommodations are required/requested. For those who still choose to utilize a personal vehicle, self-pay parking is located at Soldier Field and will require a 10-15 minute walk to the Museum Grounds. Please note that neither the Field Museum nor NCHL staff can validate parking for the evening. 

Our 2022 Event Sponsors

Premier Sponsors

Selection Committee

A special note of sincere appreciation to our 2022 Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award selection committee which included:

  • Jill Schwieters,  Managing Partner, NCHL Board Chair,  JAS & Associates
  • Al Faber, President, and CEO, Baldrige Foundation
  • Richard “Chip” Davis, PhD, CEO, Rochester Regional Health
  • David Ertel, Chief Financial Officer, Vizient, Inc.
  • Rod Hochman, MD President and CEO, Providence Health System and 2019 GLW award recipient
  • Jessica Melton, CEO, Suburban Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • Marna Borgstrom, Retired CEO, Yale New Haven Health
  • Maureen Bisognano, President Emerita and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement and 2021 GLW award recipient
  • Tom Priselac, President and CEO, Cedars-Sinai Health System

More About Gail L. Warden & Previous Award Winners